How to Live with the New Predator that Stalks the West
Unwilling to share the landscape with grizzlies, wolves and other predators, the U.S. exterminated most of them. With wildfire, we don’t have that option.
Swamped by Vacation Rentals, Small Towns in the West Are Fighting Back
An explosion in the number of short-term rentals is contributing to an affordable housing crisis in the rural West. Some communities have responded by banning them.
A Brief History of How Big Oil Outplayed Us All
For a century, the fossil fuel industry has outmaneuvered regulators and the public to lock in its power and profits, at the world’s expense.
Naomi Oreskes and Jeff Nesbit
In Defense of Hunting
In our age of ecological collapse, hunting animals for food is as relevant as ever.
This Map Shows How Growing Seasons Are Shifting Due to Climate Change
EPA data shows that in some parts of the United States, the growing season is 50 days longer now than it was 1895.
After Ida, This Louisiana Tribe Is Organizing Its Own Recovery
Armed with agricultural knowledge and mutual aid networks, the Houma people aren't waiting on the government to rescue them.
The Curious Case of Carter County: How a Small Town in Montana Stopped Shrinking
On the Great Plains, these days, rural towns tend to wither. But in remote eastern Montana, one community is bucking that trend. How?
When Conservation Means Fencing Out Black Farmers
In southern Illinois, conservation groups see a chance to protect rare oak savannas. Black farmers and hunters see their way of life being bought out from under them.
How Farmers Markets and Food Trucks Became a Beachhead for Gentrification
In gentrifying neighborhoods, developers use food options to lure in more affluent residents, and longtime residents find themselves forced to compete against the “urban food machine.”
Mourn the Extinct, Fight like Hell for the Living — a Wildlife Reporter’s Plea
The 23 species declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show us how much we have to lose. They should also motivate us to fight to stop further loss.
John R. Platt
Rural Areas Struggle to Compete for Nurses as They Face Dire Shortages
Covid has overwhelmed hospitals, prompting many overburdened nurses to change careers or retire early. The shortages have hit rural areas particularly hard.
Welcome to the Pyrocene
Our society’s appetite for one kind of burning—fossil fuel combustion—has thrust us into a new Fire Age that is reshaping the Earth.
GDP: A Countdown to Doom
The numbers we use to measure the economy’s recovery from Covid also measure the rate at which we barrel into ecological catastrophe.
Growing food sovereignty on the shores of Lake Superior
On a small Wisconsin island, members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and volunteers provide fresh food and restore ancestral connection through gardening.
The Time Has Come to Demolish Glen Canyon Dam
Amid a worsening drought in the Southwest, the controversial dam on the Colorado River is ceasing to serve its purpose. It’s time to tear it down.
In North Carolina’s Tobacco Fields, Guest Workers Battle the “Green Monster”
The state’s tobacco harvest increasingly relies on guest workers, who face nicotine poisoning and what advocates say are inadequate labor protections.
Da Yeon Eom
Tribal Court Case Against Line 3 Pipeline Is First to Invoke “Rights of Nature”
The suit by the White Earth Band of Ojibwe says Enbridge's pipeline would violate the rights of wild rice, which the tribe enshrined in law in 2018.
Climate Change and Privatization Could End the Public Beach
Sea-level rise on one side and private development on the other threaten to squeeze beaches, and public access to them, out of existence.